American Art and the New Deal
Registration Information
January 16, 2015 | 9:00am - 5:30pm
New York, NY

American Art and the New Deal:
Appraising American Paintings, Sculpture and Photography of the 1930s 

Friday, January 16, 2015; 9:00am - 5:30pm
At the Appraisers Association Office, D. Wigmore Fine Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York City


Program Fee
$135 Members
$160 General Admission

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Registration Deadline: Friday, January 9, 2015

Members earn 5.5 CE credits

Program and Schedule:

Join us for this in-depth connoisseurship program in which attendees will explore various nuances of valuing American scene paintings, sculpture and photography of the 1930s. The study day will begin with three presentations at the Appraisers Association office in New York City. First, Tom Folk Ph.D., AAA, will provide background on American scene paintings and sculpture and discuss the increase in value of signature pieces. Next, Daile Kaplan, AAA, will present on 1930s American photography at auction, with topics including: aspects of evaluating photography, condition, and rarity. After that, Jennifer Gibson, Ph.D., of Washington DC’s Government Services Administration will address the complex history of the government’s role in art of the 1930s and how an appraiser might be able to identify and handle such material. 

In the afternoon, attendees will visit D. Wigmore Fine Art Gallery. The gallery’s works reveal the diversity of styles and regional differences associated with realists during the 1930s.  Among the many artists of the 1930s  represented by  the gallery are Doris Lee, Rockwell Kent, Reginald Marsh, Luigi Lucioni, and the Art Deco sculptor, William Hunt Diederich. The study day will conclude at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,  where Matthew Baigell, a leading authority on the art of Thomas Hart Benton, will head a discussion on Benton’s America Today (1930), a 10-panel mural displaying a variety of scenes that stress the vitality and energy associated with American Life. The panels will be featured in a space that recreates the boardroom at the New School, where the mural originally hung.  An adjacent gallery will include Benton’s studies for the mural.

The Met is open late on Friday evenings, so attendees are invited to continue viewing exhibitions and collections after the program ends.  

9:00am - 10:00am  
Tom Folk Ph.D., AAA, Faculty of NYU-SCPS Appraisal Studies Program
Appraising American Scene Paintings and American Art Deco Sculpture
Appraisers Association Office: 212 West 35th Street, 11th Floor South (Btwn. 7th & 8th Avenues)

10:00am - 11:00am  
Daile Kaplan, AAA, Director of Photographs & Photobooks, Swann Auction Galleries
Appraising  1930s American Photography
Appraisers Association Office: 212 West 35th Street, 11th Floor South (Btwn. 7th & 8th Avenues)

11:00am - 12:00pm  
Jennifer Gibson, Ph.D., Director, Art in Architecture and Fine Arts, U.S., General Services Administration
The Role of the WPA and Other Federal Art Programs During the Great Depression
Appraisers Association Office: 212 West 35th Street, 11th Floor South (Btwn. 7th & 8th Avenues)

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch (on your own) and transport to D. Wigmore Fine Art

2:00pm - 3:30pm       
American Scene Paintings at D. Wigmore Fine Art
730 Fifth Avenue, Suite 602 (between 56th & 57th Street)

4:15pm - 5:30pm   
Matthew Baigell, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University
Thomas Hart Benton at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue (between 82nd & 83rd Street) 



Changes or cancellations to your registration must be made at least 5 business days prior to the start of the program. If you do NOT notify us at least 5 business days before the course, you will be charged a $50 administration fee. 


212 West 35th Street, 11th Floor South  |  New York, NY  |  10001  |  Tel: 212.889.5404 x 14  |  Fax: 212.889.5503

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